By the Numbers, Sunday Edition

13 Percent of world’s undiscovered oil that is found in the Arctic. As much as 30% of the world’s untapped natural gas resources can be found there. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe, opening shipping lanes, competition for oil and gas resources, and potentials for conflict among nations. (U.S. Geological Survey; Associated Press)

33 Number of states in the U.S. with capital punishment. This number will become 32 when Governor Malloy signs the bill in Connecticut removing capital punishment from Connecticut law. (MSNBC)

33 Percent, roughly, of adult population in the state of Indiana that has a post-secondary degree. Indiana is 40th in the nation in number of post-secondary degree and certificate holders among adults. (WFYI)

40 Percent of Americans who believe life on Earth was created as-is. About 20% of Americans believe in theistic evolution. 25% believe in evolution by natural selection. Among American scientists, 87% believe in evolution by natural selection. (Pew Center for Religion and Public Life; NPR; Diane Rehm Show)

56 Number of American soldiers serving in Afghanistan who were investigated on suspicion of using or distributing heroin, morphine, or other opiates in 2010 and 2011. Eight soldiers during the same time period died from drug overdoses. There were 70,000 drug offenses by roughly 36,000 U.S. soldiers between 2006-2011, overall. (Army Criminal Investigation Command; Indianapolis Star)

77 Cents earned by an American woman for every dollar earned by an American man. In Indiana, that number is 72 cents per dollar. (National Women’s Law Center; WFYI)

7.1 Million Number of Americans currently under correctional supervision, including imprisonment, probation, and parole. That is 760 prisoners for every 100,000 citizens. Most Eurozone countries are 1/7th of that number, per capita. In 1980, the U.S.’s numbers were 1/4th of what they are now. (CNN; Fareed Zakaria GPS)

 

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